Mental Health Therapist (applicant Pool) Full Performance - Trainee Level

Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $87,630.40 Annually
Oct 17, 2019
Nov 01, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Please note: Look for new opportunities weekly. We currently have positions open in the following areas:
  • Aging & Disability Services Division: Mental Health Therapist (Full-time)
  • Behavioral Healthcare Division: Forensics Discharge Planner (Full-time)
  • Behavioral Healthcare Division: Education & Curriculum Specialist at Clarendon House (Full-time)
Arlington County Government is creating a talent pool to be used to fill current and future vacancies in the field of Mental Health Therapy at multiple levels from Full Performance, Licensed in the State of Virginia and Trainee. Please complete this application one time to be considered for any openings throughout the recruitment window of August 9, 2019 - October 31, 2019.

  • Mental Health Therapist II (Licensed*): $62,857.60 - $95,971.20
  • Mental Health Therapist II: $57,387.20 - $87,630.40
  • Mental Health Therapist II (Trainee): $53,393.60 - $81,598.40
Applications submitted during the open period will be considered continuously for vacancies which become available through October 31, 2019. Openings may be full or part-time and the population served may be diverse in culture and age depending upon the specific program area within the Department of Human Services.

Positions are located in the following Divisions:

Aging & Disability Services Division
Child & Family Services Division
Behavioral Healthcare Division

For more information about the Department Human Services, please visit DHS :

Duties for Mental Health Therapists may include the following:
  • Conducting initial intake assessments to determine level of care needed;
  • Providing crisis intervention and facilitating psychiatric admissions;
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans;
  • Establishing effective therapeutic relationships with clients;
  • Providing individual consultation and/or family therapy as well as facilitating groups;
  • Case management and care coordination;
  • Linking clients with case management services and/or referring to community resources;
  • Discharge planning;
  • Participating as a team member providing coordinated care of services;
  • Traveling to serve clients in the community;
  • Delivering, counseling, and monitoring medication given to clients;
  • Assessing and documenting clients' progress in electronic databases; and
  • Other related duties as assigned.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria


Full performance:
  • Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Art Therapy, or other directly related clinical discipline, which included a clinical practicum involving provision of diagnostic and treatment services prior to graduation;
  • Two years of full-time post-Master's degree experience providing clinical therapy and other mental health services in a related area, which included diagnostic and treatment services; and/or
  • Meets the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Child (QMHP-C) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 days of hire if not licensed.
  • A Virginia Preadmission Screening Certification is required within 60 days of hire for some positions in Emergency Services. See link for details: .
Trainee: A position may be filled at the trainee level depending upon qualifications and the needs of the program. Requires a Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, Art Therapy or other directly related clinical discipline, which included a clinical practicum involving provision of diagnostic and treatment services prior to graduation.

Hiring at the Trainee level: A training period will be established to last no longer than the equivalent of 24 months. At the end of the training period, the employee must meet experience, training, proficiency and certification requirements for the journey level position. Once the candidate qualifies, the one-year probationary period will begin.

Substitution: Directly-related higher level clinical degrees may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of experience providing clinical services. In the case of this substitution, qualifying full-time work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher level clinical degree.

Registration: Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) registration in the State of Virginia may be required within 60 days of hire in the appropriate area (QMHP-A or QMHP-C) for candidates without current licensure in the State of Virginia.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • *Licensure in the State of Virginia - LCSW, LPC, LCP, LMFT;
  • Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor - CSAC; and/or
  • Experience in the program area specific to the job opening.
Bilingual: Some job openings may be designated as bilingual in English and Spanish to deliver services to Spanish speaking-families, including interpreting when needed. An assessment of Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s). The incumbent in the position(s) will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or ability to use alternative modes of transportation. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record.

Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history which may include an NCIC check, a Virginia State Police background check, an FBI fingerprint background check, and/or a Virginia Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Central Registry search.

An online application is required. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the application process. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional Information

Not all programs served will have Mental Health Therapist vacancies during this time. Applicants need apply only one time to be considered during the advertised time period. To request access to update your application, please contact or call 703-228-3500.

Work Hours: Specific work hours will be discussed during the interview process with the supervisor to meet program and client needs. Some positions may require holidays, nights, and/or weekend shifts.

Shift Differential: Employees in a full-time position may be eligible to receive the shift differential for hours worked when assigned a full evening or night shift.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please provide the following:
  • Highest level of clinical degree earned:
  • Area of concentration:
  • Date of graduation:
  • Date(s) of clinical practicum which prepared you for your degree:
  • Place (e.g. facility, clinic, hospital) of practicum:
  • Responsibilities or description of clinical practicum which focused on diagnostic, prevention, and/or treatment services.


Please check if you have ALREADY EARNED any of the following current clinical credentials (no substitutions) from the Commonwealth of Virginia or from a state which is transferable. You may be asked to show proof of credentials prior to continuing the process.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP)
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
  • QMHP-A
  • QMHP-C
  • Prescreening certification
  • None of the above


If you have not yet earned a license, but are actively pursuing licensure, please provide the following details:
  • Clinical supervision hours completed:
  • Clinical supervision hours remaining:
  • Anticipated date of completion:
  • Type of licensure:
If you are not pursuing licensure at this time, please indicate here.


Please refer to the Department of Human Services' website to learn more about Department Bureaus and their areas of focus. Please check ALL areas for which you wish to be considered.
  • Behavioral Healthcare Community Support Teams
  • Case Management and Residential Services
  • Child & Family Services Community and School Based Mental Health and DD Services
  • Child & Family Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services
  • Client Services Entry
  • Emergency Services
  • Jail Based Services
  • Adult Outpatient Services
  • PACT Team (Program for Assertive Community Treatment)
  • Senior Adult Mental Health Services (65+)
  • RAFT (Regional Older Adult Facilities)


Please do NOT check boxes for any area which you do not wish to be considered. Preference may be given to candidates with work experience providing mental health diagnostic and treatment services in a program area. Please only check boxes if you wish to be considered for a program area AND your work experience in that area is reflected on the application.
  • 1. ACT (Assertive Community Treatment Team)
  • 2. Aging & Disability Services
  • 3. Adult Mental Health Services
  • 4. Behavioral Health
  • 5. Case Management and care coordination (Adults)
  • 6. Case Management and care coordination (Children)
  • 7. Child & Family Services
  • 8. Child Protective Services
  • 9. Children's Mental Health
  • 10. Community-based treatment
  • 11. Court involved youth
  • 12. Crisis intervention
  • 13. Detention Facility (Youth Services)
  • 14. Developmental Disabilities
  • 15. Discharge planning
  • 16. Dual diagnosis/co-occurring treatment (mental health and substance abuse)
  • 17. Emergency Services
  • 18. Facilitating group therapy
  • 19. Foster care
  • 20. Geriatric Mental Services (Memory care/Dementia/Alzheimer's)
  • 21. High risk behavior
  • 22. Homeless Services
  • 23. Individual therapy
  • 24. Intake and assessment
  • 25. Jail based services (Adults)
  • 26. Juvenile & Domestic Court System
  • 27. Medication counseling
  • 28. Nursing home or elder residential facility care
  • 29. Older Adult (65+) services
  • 30. Public Health
  • 31. Psycho-social Day Program - Adult
  • 32. RAFT (Regional Older Adult Facilities)
  • 33. Residential and/or group homes
  • 34. Skill building
  • 35. Treatment for the severely mentally ill
  • 36. Substance use
  • 37. Trauma informed care
  • 38. Vocational
  • 37. Working with public benefits
  • 40. Youth (ages 13-18)


Please list the employer and describe the accomplishments in each of the areas checked in the previous question #5. Please do NOT copy your application or resume or give "see resume" as a response. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • #1, #7, #9: Name of Hospital, description of work
    • #1, #7, #23: Name of Clinic, description of work


Are you sufficiently proficient in oral Spanish to interview, assess the needs of, counsel and refer Spanish speaking individuals who have limited English proficiency and who are facing a crisis? A language proficiency examination will be given for positions receiving the language pay premium.
  • Yes
  • No


Please indicate your availability. (Please check ALL that apply).
  • I am interested in full-time Mental Health Therapist II opportunities.
  • I am interested in part- time Mental Health Therapist II opportunities.
  • I am available for nights and weekend shifts.
  • I am available for occasional holiday shifts.
  • I am available for on call work for Emergency Services.

Required Question

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